(How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man)
Author: Brian McGrory
Format: Print ARC
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam, Harry's veterinarian. Though Brian’s only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy. While Buddy loves the women of the house, he takes Brian's presence as an affront, doing everything he can to drive out his rival. Initially resistant to elements of his new life and to the loud, aggressive rooster (who stares menacingly, pecks threateningly, and is constantly poised to attack), Brian eventually sees that Buddy shares the kind of extraordinary relationship with Pam and her two girls that he wants for himself. The rooster is what Brian needs to be – strong and content, devoted to what he has rather than what might be missing. As he learns how to live by living with animals, Buddy, Brian’s nemesis, becomes Buddy, Brian’s inspiration, in this inherently human story of love, acceptance, and change.
In the tradition of bestsellers like Marley and Me, Dewey, and The Tender Bar comes a heartwarming and wise tale of finding love in life’s second chapter - and how it means all the more when you have to fight for it - Goodreads
This book is one of those feel-good reads that reminds readers that unconditional love comes in all species.
When you are an award winning journalist with years of globe-trotting, headlines, and deadlines under your belt; who would know that the biggest challenge of your life would come in the forms of a beautiful veterinarian, two wonderful little girls, two barking balls of love, and one rooster,
Readers will laugh, cry and cheer their way through the life and times of Brian McGrory as he makes his way from divorced companion of "Golden extraordinaire" Harry, to the married family man and rival for their affections that he is to become.
This book is proof that sometimes humans don't have all the answers, but we don't have to look far to find them.
In fact, all we really have to do is look deep into the eyes of the pets that we love the most; and who often times in spite of ourselves, choose to love us.
As humans, it is easy to forget that we are not alone in our capacity to travel the emotional spectrum from the giddiest of pinks to the most melancholic blues.
It is nice to be reminded that whether they crow, bark, slither, or swim, or animal friends never lets us walk through our lives, emotionally or physically alone.